Tour De Farm Profile: Meghan Fiveash from Native Sun
The following guest post was written by one of our own volunteers, Brentley Stead. Read on for Brentley's bio. With Native Sun you never have to wonder about their actual commitment to the local, organic, whole foods they advertise, and Meghan Fiveash’s new position is living proof!
Meghan has just started a new role within Native Sun that focuses on supporting local, organic farmers and helping them get their products on the shelf. This support is key for some smaller farmers who might need (and like) some help navigating the process and certifications Native Sun has in place for every item that hits its shelves. Meghan has said her role has certainly increased local vendors, and some have even tweaked ingredients or a process of their products so that can sell at Native Sun.
Another reason that Meghan is so excited about this position, is that the community of vendors’ right here in town has grown so much that it has made this support role necessary in the community. Her goal “is to support and help local vendors grow, because they [the vendors] support the same local and organic food systems that we do.” Native Sun has always been a support of sustainable agriculture and you’ll want to out Native Sun’s cooking station at NaVera Farms this November 15th for the Tour De Farm!
Meghan Fiveash is passionate about local, sustainable, and organic foods and the accessibility of those foods for all. She has been in the natural foods business locally for 10 years and has spent the last 8 years at Native Sun Natural Foods Market. Previously the Director of Purchasing, she is now building a new position to focus on local products and community events. She currently serves on the Slow Food First Coast Board, as the Board Secretary and enjoys attending the Beaches Green Market on Saturday afternoons.
For Brentley it all started with a radish. In early 2013 she discovered the joys of crispy and spicy radishes fresh from the ground at the UNF Ogier Gardens and she was hooked. After that she learned how to grow tomatoes and cucumbers and she decided she needed to be more involved with the farm to table movement. An avid reader, sometimes writer, and a semi-professional social media-ist she's bending her skills to help the Slow Food First Coast promote their mission!